Episode 1 – “Game Start”
Year after year, shounen fanatics slobber over various incarnations of “Hero Academia.” Some claim that the world should share in the Hero Academia–“Our” Hero Academia, if you will. The AniMessenger swoops into the scene, vanquishing the villains who would wrest the Hero Academia from his mitts. The Hero Academia belongs to me.
My Hero Academia!
The lights dim and the fandom’s collective heartbeat thumps as the OP transports us into a world of pseudo-spoilers and “what-ifs.” The almost-disabled-due-to-muscle-mass All Might! The emaciated All Might! All Might’s decrepit master! Worst-Costume-in-the-World-Boy (Midoriya)! The Buxom Giant! The Invisible Fanservice Girl! Behold the all-consuming terror of Cap’n Handface and his right-hand-man–
The curtain rolls back, the adrenaline floods our hive-brain, and then–
Thus, our once-beloved characters decay into lecturing simulacra–puppets who drag longtime fans kicking and screaming through a haunted house of highlights:
- Cap’n Handface still hates everybody.
- Quirkless Midoriya = Keeper of One For All = Protagonist
- The UA festival happened.
- Hero Killer Stain? Grade A jagweed.
- “Hey, Eraserhead, you mind going over the entire A1 class roster, listing their quirks, and throwing together a quick montage? No? Great!”
- Remember all the times Deku went Plus Ultra? Good times.
- Reminder: Todoroki’s got a half-hot-half-cold face. Strong guy alert!
The rest of the non-recap footage consists of Mineta the Bubble Boy’s half-baked scheme to ogle the she-heroes at the school pool. MHA substitutes substance for hentai, objectifying each individual heroine across a drawn-out skinny-dipping sequence. Rated M for Mature. Keep the kids far away from–
In between reveries, Studio Bones fortifies the series’ trademark humor: Bakugo berating his “damn nerd” of a rival, Aoyama’s Navel Lasering hilarity, and the most chaotic swimming competition ever concocted. A sample of the sweet action/comedy blend to come, but with a sour aftertaste.
Besides the OP and ED, The Shounen Powerhouse’s Season 3 Premiere offers nothing but rehashed storytelling. One can debate ad nauseum the efficacy of recapping previous seasons, but newcomers to the series should dispense with the synopses and binge the previous thirty-eight episodes instead. The show’s producers, betraying their lack of faith in the fandom’s memory banks, insist on re-searing every past iconic moment into our frontal cortexes. A reviewer must ponder–have we entered the fifth dimension? A dimension, timeless as infinity, unmoved between two anime seasons? A dimension we call… The Twilight Zone.
And, please remember:
~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger
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